Pop Goes The News – Two more big film projects are coming to Toronto before the end of the year – and they’re bringing stars like Jamie Foxx, Jeremy Renner and Dylan O’Brien to the city.
Foxx and Renner are scheduled to begin work in October on Spawn with comic creator Todd McFarlane directing.
Foxx will play the titular antihero (aka Al Simmons) and Renner will portray detective Twitch Williams. Additional casting will be announced in the weeks to come.
“We’ve already started crafting things,” Foxx recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “Clay Fontenot, who was the stunt guy in the Iron Man suit, he’s crafting Spawn now. That’s the exciting part.
“When you see it, he’s gonna have his own identity.”
Special makeup effects for Spawn will be supervised by Greg Nicotero, who worked on The Walking Dead as well as Toronto-shot projects like Suicide Squad and Hemlock Grove.
Spawn first landed on the big screen in 1997 with Michael Jai White in the lead role.
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In September, cameras will roll on The Education of Fredrick Fitzell starring Dylan O’Brien, who is best known for his role in the Maze Runner franchise.
Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Hannah Gross (Mindhunter) are also starring in the movie written and directed by Christopher MacBride.
“After a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fred (O’Brien) literally and metaphorically journeys into his past,” reads an official description of the film. “He slowly begins to unravel a long hidden mystery about a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a terrifying creature that has now followed him into adulthood.
“As past, present and future begin to intersect and parallel each other, Fred explores all the possible lives he could lead. Which one will he choose?”